Amid the crowd of journalists and tech bloggers, the Oppo F5 was unveiled, which happens to be the newest smartphone in the Oppo family. The Oppo F5 launch ceremony had Nepal idols and few celebrities from the Nepali film industry. Having them as the witnesses and with the performances from the Nepal idols, the program unveiled the specs and the price of the Oppo F5.
Oppo came with the tagline “Camera Phones”, which revamped to “Selfie expert” last year. Now boasting themselves as the expert in taking selfies and leader in the business, they have now changed their tagline to “Selfie expert and leader”. The new Oppo F5 features the most hyped AI-powered selfie camera and bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio. But what more it has to offer? Let’s find out.
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Oppo F5 Full specifications
- Display: 6.0 inches LTPS IPS LCD
- Resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, 402PPI pixel density
- OS: Android Nougat (v7.1.1) with ColorOS 3.2 UI on the top
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23
- GPU: Mali-G71 MP2
- RAM: 4GB/6GB RAM
- Storage: 32GB/64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB (dedicated slot for microSD card)
- Rear Camera: 16MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- Front Camera: 20MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8-inch sensor
- Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, USB-OTG, 3G, 4G LTE
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3200mAh (non-removable)
- Colors: Black, Gold, Red (6GB variant only)
- Oppo F5 Price in Nepal: Rs. 33,990 (4GB/32GB)
- Oppo F5 Price in Nepal: Rs. 44,990 (6GB/64GB/Red color)
Hands-on experience with the Oppo F5
I get to have a quick play with Oppo F5 in the launch event and will share what I experienced so far with the device. With three smartphones stacked together, the red variant looked vibrant and catchy, which also happens to be the premium variant among the bunch with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. So I picked the device and used it for a while.
The device was thin and light with a streamlined body, which made it easier to hold and to have a grip on. The 6-inch display with narrow bezels was the feature that takes all the credit for its elegance. The phone was powered by Helio P23 chipset aided by Mali-G71 MP2 for the graphics portion. On my quick play with the device, I could not test the phone’s performance with the heavy games. However, with the light apps and games in play and multitasking with them, the phone was quite fluent.
Since Oppo F5 is the camera-centric phone, I concentrated on testing its camera for most of the time. The rear 20MP camera takes decent photos at times but lacked the consistency on providing good images in every scenario. The photos were washed out sometimes and sometimes the images turn out to be over saturated. And in the low light scenario, the phone suffered highly. In addition, while I tried to record videos, the phone lacked the 4K recording option. A camera-centric smartphone with such blemishes, is it tolerable? I think no.
Similarly, to experience the Artificial Intelligence on the selfies from the self-proclaimed selfie expert and leader, I took few selfies. On taking selfies, my brown-colored skin tone was whitened, which looked natural most of the times. However, the shots taken with the Bokeh mode lacked sharped edges almost all the time. Also, the background was unevenly blurred at times, which made them unnatural and unrealistic. So to be frank, the selfie expert disappointed me a lot while taking selfies.
Verdict on Oppo F5
Is the camera most important feature on a smartphone? Even if your answer is yes, Oppo F5, which happened to be a camera-centric phone struggled with taking good images at times. This is the most implausible and the most intolerable feature with the Oppo F5 and we have most features yet to overlook. So, in my personal opinion, the Oppo F5 does not deserve a price it is tagged with. So, I have short-listed few smartphones with the good cameras and overall performance that comes with a similar price tag and offers a great value for money.
onePlus 3 is the last year’s flagship of the OnePlus, which comes with the vibrant 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display. The device is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset aided by staggering 6GB of RAM.
- Display: 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED screen with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) @401PPI
- OS: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with Oxygen OS 4.1.5, upgradable to 7.1.1 (Nougat)
- Chipset: Snapdragon 820
- CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
- GPU: Adreno 530
- RAM: 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Inbuilt Memory: 64GB internal storage (no card slot)
- Rear Camera: 16MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 12-micron pixels, OIS, PDAF, LED flash
- Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A-GPS, USB Type-C connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3,000mAh (Non-removable) with Dash charge
- OnePlus 3 Price in Nepal: Rs.34, 900 (Daraz.com.np)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, which outputs punchy colors with natural color tones. The smartphone also excels in the photography with 13MP cameras both on the front and back end with wide apertures and LED flashes to accompany them in the low light scenarios. The phone also enjoys a metal body with water-resistant built.
- 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display with 401ppi
- Exynos 7870 System on a chip
- 1.6 GHz Octa-core CPU (14nm, Cortex A53)
- 3GB RAM, 64GB Internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with micro SD
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Samsung’s custom UI on top
- Dual SIM
- 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability
- 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture.
- Augmented Reality (AR), Social Camera, Samsung Pay
- Metal unibody
- 4G Cat 6 connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 3600mAh battery
- Color variants: Black and Gold
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Price in Nepal: Rs. 32,990
Xiaomi MI A1
Xiaomi MI A1 is the smartphone which comes with dual-cameras at the back and also happens to be an Android One smartphone. Being an Android One smartphone it will enjoy the regular Android updates, which happens to be a privilege for its users. Also, it comes with power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is great in terms of performance too.
- 5.5 inches FHD IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection @401 PPI
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- Adreno 506 GPU
- Stock Android Nougat (v7.1.1); planned upgrade for Oreo (v8.0)
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Rear camera: Dual-12MP (26mm, f/2.2 + 50mm, f/2.6), PDAF, 2x zoom, Dual-LED flash
- Front camera: 5MP with f/2.0
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, A-GPS, USB OTG, IR Port
- Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, compass
- Non-removable 3080 battery
- Price: Rs. 29,999
Huawei Nova 2i
Huawei Nova 2i is another camera-centric smartphone with dual cameras on the front and on the back. The phone also houses a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset aided by 4GB of RAM. This phone also has the narrow bezels and has adopted the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio.
- Display: 5.9 inch IPS LCD, Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, 409PPI pixel density
- Android version: Android 7.1 Nougat coupled with EMUI 5.1
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex- A53 + 4×1.7 GHz Cortex- A53)
- GPU: Mali T830 MP2
- RAM: 4 GB
- Memory: 64GB of onboard storage; expandable up to 256GB
- Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP, f/2.2 with LED flash
- Selfie camera: 13MP + 2MP
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano + Nano, dual standby), 4G, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro USB 2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint sensor (rear- mounted), Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light sensor
- Battery: 3,340mAh